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Afghanistan/ Pakistan

America

Editorial: Talking about Islamist terrorism

Facing losses on the battlefield, ISIS has been changing its outlook regarding recruits from Western countries. Weeks before the June 12 terror attack that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub, carried out in the name of ISIS, Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani urged aspiring Western jihadists to carry out attacks close to home. He said, "the smallest action you do in their hea...

Anti-Zionism

Antisemitism

Asia

Asia Watch: Crossing a line

The Islamic month of Ramadan is meant to be a period of physical sacrifice (fasting) in order to achieve deeper religiosity, but all too often it highlights excess. Indonesia and Malaysia may be far from Islam's Middle Eastern heartland, but are increasingly subject to its influences....

Australasia

Noted and Quoted - August 2016

Many in the media noted the similarities between the horrific Islamist terror attack in Nice involving the use of a truck to kill more than 80 people and the use of vehicles in recent Palestinian terror tactics. In the Australian (July 16), a Wall Street Journal report quoted former CIA agent Bruce Riedel saying, "we've seen similar vehicle attacks by individual Palestinians against Israelis, whi...

China

Editorial: The Isolation Myth

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners and their supporters like to claim that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated internationally. Israel's supporters also sometimes express concern that the relentless campaign of misinformation and false blame may be having a detrimental effect on Israel's international standing. Yet, as is so often the case with Israel, the reality is somewha...

Documents

Report on Antisemitism in Australia, November 2011

It is a reality, if a regrettable one, that within the population of Australia there are individuals who are antisemitic. There are, also within our society, organisations which have as their primary purpose combating what they perceive to be the nefarious activities of Jews. There are some organisations which have agendas beyond, but which include, antisemitism. There are others which will employ...

Egypt

Egyptian FM in landmark visit to Israel/ Palestinian incentives for killing Jews

This weekend saw a visit to Israel by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. That may not ostensibly seem surprising given that Israel and Egypt have had full diplomatic relations for almost four decades, but in fact was a highly unusual step - the first such visit in nine years. As such it was a sign of the changing strategic environment and warming security ties between Jerusalem and Cairo - a...

Events

Professor Efraim Inbar on Sky News' APAC channel

AIJAC guest Professor Efraim Inbar spoke at The Sydney Institute on 1 February. His speech on "Israel's Politics Today" will be broadcast on Sky News A-PAC, Australia's Public Affairs Channel. See here for details......

Far Right

Gulf states

Qatar aid to Hamas/ PA losing West Bank control

This Update discusses the recent provision by Qatar of US$31 million to pay the salaries of civil servants in Hamas-controlled Gaza - and what it reveals about the reality of the situation in Gaza. It also includes the key findings of a new study indicating the Palestinian Authority (PA) appears to be losing control over the key cities of the West Bank....

Holocaust/ War Crimes

Immigration/ Multiculturalism

Editorial: PM Turnbull’s mandate

Following the razor-thin re-election of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a rare double dissolution election, the composition of both the House of Representatives and Senate, with new personalities pulling in new directions, is coming into focus. While Australia's senior leadership has not changed, the policies and priorities of the new Turnbull Government and the Parliament as a whole will cert...

India

Interfaith Dialogue

International Security

Compliance Costs

Compliance Costs

Observers of the Iran deal will note that since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "Impl...

Iran

Iraq

Behind the News- July 2016

Israel has reportedly received an abundance of strategic information about Hamas' tunnel building operation, thanks to the June 14 defection of senior Hamas member Bassam Mahmoud Baraka with his family, as well as the arrest of a 17-year-old Gazan tunnel worker in May. To combat the growing tunnel threat, Israel says it plans to build a concrete wall extending tens of metres underground around Ga...

Islamic Extremism

Israel

Jordan

Media Releases

Media/ Academia

Noted and Quoted - August 2016

Many in the media noted the similarities between the horrific Islamist terror attack in Nice involving the use of a truck to kill more than 80 people and the use of vehicles in recent Palestinian terror tactics. In the Australian (July 16), a Wall Street Journal report quoted former CIA agent Bruce Riedel saying, "we've seen similar vehicle attacks by individual Palestinians against Israelis, whi...

Middle East

Monographs/ Submissions

Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)... AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale ...

Report on Antisemitism in Australia, November 2011

It is a reality, if a regrettable one, that within the population of Australia there are individuals who are antisemitic. There are, also within our society, organisations which have as their primary purpose combating what they perceive to be the nefarious activities of Jews. There are some organisations which have agendas beyond, but which include, antisemitism. There are others which will employ...

Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled support for Israel's right to defend itself....

Multimedia

Video: Amir Ohana MK and Major-General Jim Molan address AIJAC

AIJAC hosted a luncheon on 16 May 2016 with Amir Ohana MK and Major-General Jim Molan in Sydney. Ohana spoke on the Israeli security situation, Palestinian knife attacks and being the first gay Likud MK, with Major General Molan speaking on participating in the first Australia Israel Be'er Sheva Dialogue and Australia's current security policy....

NGOs

Op-eds

Palestinians

Reference

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

The Syrian situation and policy alternatives

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources....

Terrorism

Turkey

The aftermath of Turkey's failed coup

This Update deals with analysis of what happens now with Turkey - both domestically and in terms of its foreign relations - in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on Friday. (A good general summary and backgrounder on the coup and its aftermath comes from American scholar Michael Rubin.)...

United Nations

Behind the News- July 2016

Israel has reportedly received an abundance of strategic information about Hamas' tunnel building operation, thanks to the June 14 defection of senior Hamas member Bassam Mahmoud Baraka with his family, as well as the arrest of a 17-year-old Gazan tunnel worker in May. To combat the growing tunnel threat, Israel says it plans to build a concrete wall extending tens of metres underground around Ga...

Updates

The Syrian situation and policy alternatives

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources....